It’s Complicated: Moving

I started writing this when I first found out I was moving a month and a half ago…I should probably stop writing about packing and start ACTUALLY packing.

When I first found out I was moving, I was excited for two reasons. One, a new apartment sounded awesome! Two, it meant I was going to be able to cross a LOT of things off my list. I decided to see how many things could be crossed off by this move and came up with FIFTEEN!! Considering my list just passed the 150 mark, that’s a pretty big chunk! While I still plan on writing posts for each thing as I accomplish them, here’s a sneak peak of what I hope to do in the coming weeks!

Before the big move…

17. Get rid of all the shoes I never wear. I try to keep all of my shoes in one of three places in my current apartment: in the shoe organizer hanging in my closet, in an old wicker basket in my closet, and on a shelf in my closet. There are a lot of shoes there and I’m pretty sure I wear MAYBE 1/3 of them on a regular basis. While my new apartment is larger, it has less closet space, so I need to get rid of things I’m not using!

41. Make my t-shirt pile smaller. See above. T-shirts are currently one whole shelf in my closet. I do have “make a t-shirt quilt” on my list as well so maybe I can kill two birds with one stone!

87. Properly recycle my old laptop. My college laptop finally kicked the bucket a few months after I moved into my current apartment. It’s been sitting in a closet ever since. I don’t want to just throw it out so I’m going to have to find out where I can bring it.

92. Sell the stuff I say I’m going to sell. I’ve got a Coach bag, some old J. Crew and Lilly Pulitzer stuff, plus some old stuff for the dog that I’m not using anymore. The school has a “Community” email that people use to advertise items for sale, so I’m going to try that first!

After the big move…

22. Organize my giant bookshelf. In order to move the shelf, I’m going to have to unload it first. As I’m putting things back on it, I can try to make it look nice and organized. (And it will finally serve it’s purpose of room divider!)

36. Buy a couch. My current couch came with the apartment and it’s a bit broken. There’s no point in moving it to the new apartment, so I’m on the hunt for a new couch!

37. Buy the rest of my bedroom furniture. This is the one that I’m not 100% sure if it’s happening yet. I guess I’ll see how things work out in the new apartment!

56. Fix/finish the gallery wall in my living room. For some reason, there’s one picture frame that always falls off the wall. In my new apartment, I think I’ll be able to hang things with nails.

57. Decorate my bedroom. No point in starting this before I move!

58. Hang my flag. Same as #57! Plus, it will be easier to do with nails.

59. Plant something and have it grow. I’ll have a little patio at my new apartment, so I want to try a small container garden this summer.

95. Live somewhere with in-unit laundry. It’s been a long and bumpy road to get to the point of all of the ADs moving into new apartments, but one of the things that happened during that time is some of the campus administrators did a tour of our current apartments. One of the things they noticed is that not only were the apartments very different in terms of size and condition, but they also had different amenities. While our new apartments will all be different sizes again, they will all have washers and dryers!

96. Live somewhere with a dishwasher. I’m 99% sure that the apartment I’m going to move into has a dishwasher.

134. Organize my closets. This goes along with organizing my shelf. I have to empty my current (and somewhat organized) closets in order to move the contents to the new apartment. As I put things away, I’m hoping to make them a little more organized. That, and I don’t have too much of a choice since I’ll have less room for storage.

135. Organize the entry way. Right now, my entry way is a narrow, dark hallway with a small shelf and a bunch of closets. The stuff I use most often SHOULD be on the shelf, but it’s currently home to…I’m not even sure what. In my new apartment, there really isn’t a dedicated entry – the door opens right into my living room. But there are certain things that need to live by the door like Lilly’s leash and my umbrella. I’ll have to create some sort of entry nook in the new place.

 

While I’m really excited to move, I’m not the biggest fan of the actual moving process. I really wish I could just go to sleep tonight and wake up and be all settled in my new apartment. If you have any moving tips, please feel free to share them!

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117. Visit My Sisters in Boston

When I first graduated, most of my friends still lived in the Rochester area. Now that it’s been a few years, my friends have scattered themselves all over the country. A few of my sorority sisters, including my best friend Ariel, are currently living in Boston. I love the city of Boston and I hadn’t seen Ariel in nearly two years, so I was really excited when Jackie, Ariel, and I started planning this trip in December!

Ariel and I five years ago.

Ariel and I five years ago.

The Good?

Fajitas and ‘Ritas! Fajitas and ‘Ritas is a Tex-Mex restaurant in Boston that specializes in fajitas and margaritas. Ariel, Jackie, and I met my friend Sam there and had a very filling lunch that started in typical us-fashion by spilling half a pitcher of margarita all over our table. Next time I go to Boston, I’m definitely parking my butt there for a few hours.

This is why we can't have nice things.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Going Out I don’t really go out much in Reading. I like staying home and hanging out with my best friend aka my free-loader roommate aka my dog. Ariel and Jackie are on the same page as me, but we planned one staying in night and one going out night. We had so much fun on our going out night AND Ariel had an Uber coupon so we basically got home for free. I really liked the place we went (I unfortunately cannot remember the name), mostly because I was with my friends, it wasn’t too crowded, and they were playing good music.

Freezing our butts off at the bus stop!

Freezing our butts off at the bus stop!

Sunday Brunch On Sunday morning, we found ourselves sitting in the living room debating between going to a diner or driving a little further to this farm with a restaurant on it. We chose the farm-restaurant. The restaurant itself was tiny and there was a long wait, but it was SO worth it! I was going to get my usual (eggs benedict) but then saw that they had lobster eggs benedict. When in Rome Boston!

Breakfast of champions.

Breakfast of champions.

Reunited and it feels so goooodJust being in the same place at the same time was enough for me! I’ve noticed that whenever I’m on adventures with my sorority sisters, we manage to turn wherever we’re staying into a mini-version of our sorority house. Ariel’s apartment was no different. With our arrival, there was suddenly an abundance of monogrammed shirts, purple everything, Disney princess cups, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and clothes everywhere. Some of my favorite moments of the trip were just sitting around talking.

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The Not-So-Good?

Craft Show Ariel purchased tickets to this major craft show for us to go to over the weekend. It was actually a lot smaller than we expected it to be and everything that was there was SUPER expensive – furniture, glass sculptures, other stuff we could never dream of affording or creating ourselves. Probably the only reason we somewhat enjoyed it was that we went straight there from Fajitas and ‘Ritas.

We didn’t see our other sisters. Plans fell through with the two other sisters we were supposed to see that weekend. I actually haven’t seen Laurel and Kadley since I graduated, so that was kind of crummy. It didn’t help that our “plans” consisted of “let’s text each other later” which is literally my least favorite way to make plans. Luckily our sorority’s big twenty year celebration is next year, so I’m sure I’ll be seeing them (and everybody else) next spring.

Sebbie’s “special treat”. Ariel has a GIANT dog named Sebastian. He is unaware that he is giant and will try to sit in your lap. He is especially a fan of looking you in the eye, meaning he puts his paws on your shoulders and gives you a good stare down. The first night we were there, Ariel, Jackie, and I went to the store to get some things to make dinner. Jackie and I both are dog owners, so we took the normal precautions – zip everything or put it where the dog can’t get it. Apparently Sebbie knows how to use a zipper and we came home to find tampons EVERYWHERE. Hope those tasted good, Seb!

I can't imagine that they tasted very good.

I can’t imagine that they tasted very good.

 

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and MUCH too short! Jackie is coming down for the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale in June and I think both Ariel and Jackie are going to come down once I’m in my new apartment. Here’s hoping my sisters and friends continue moving cool places so I can do some more traveling!

Just Another Manic Monday…

I’m back from Joplin, but unfortunately I’m sick AND it’s a very busy week at work, so I’m not sure when I’m going to be write my Joplin post. For now, I’ll just leave you with my newest Joplin video!

In other exciting news, I found out that I’m going to be moving at the end of May! The building that my apartment is in is going to be renovated over the summer, so I needed to go somewhere. At first there was talk of just moving me for the summer, but the idea of having to move twice (during check out and RA training) made me incredibly anxious. There was a period of time that I knew I was moving but just didn’t know where I was going at that was pretty nerve wracking too. Right before I left for my trip, I found out where my new apartment was going to be and now that there’s only eight weeks to go, it’s time to start packing!

Going through my list, I noticed that a lot of items had to do with where I live. It looks like a lot of things are going to be crossed off during the moving process…I REALLY want to get rid of stuff before I move. Another exciting thing about this move – my new apartment will have a dishwasher AND a washer and dryer. Now that I’m back in Pennsylvania, I kind of just want to skip ahead to the point where I actually move!

A Haunting in Pennsylvania

I read the Wikipedia article for “The Haunting in Connecticut” after I typed the title. That was probably a poor idea.

My apartment is haunted. I’m sure everybody says that their place of living is haunted at one point or another. You misplace something or hear a strange noise and BAM! Haunted! I think I’ve even made jokes about my apartment being haunted before. Just as recently as last week, I referred to the strange noise that the fridge makes as “the aliens in the kitchen” (okay, so not ghosts, but still paranormal).

Before we get into the good stuff, a bit of necessary back story. About five months after my roommate Lilly moved in, one of my neighbors complained that she barked a lot. This surprised me because Lilly’s rather quiet, considering what she’s mixed with. My mom actually thought that something might be wrong with her because she didn’t bark for the first three weeks I had her. She’s since become a bit more vocal and barks at normal dog things, like when the doorbell rings on a TV show, but I was certain that she did not spend all day barking. I was told that I needed to do something about it, so I wound up buying the Dog Monitor app. My iPad sits in the kitchen watching the door and I can check in on her via my iPhone. I’ve had the app for a few months now, so I’ve gotten pretty good about recognizing certain sounds and knowing where they are coming from. (Oh and in case you were wondering, the dog doesn’t spend all day barking.)

Lilly in her cage during the day. This is what the Dog Monitor app shows me.

Recently, I had an incident where somebody entered the apartment without my knowledge. I was at work and heard someone knocking on the door, followed by someone keying in and yelling, “Hello?” It was just a man from the alarm company, but it scared Lilly and she became not the biggest fan of cage time after that incident. However, I would have never known that it had happened had it not been for my trusty Dog Monitor.

This is Lilly doing her best impersonation of Dobby the House Elf.

Last week, something even more disturbing happened. I was at work when all of the sudden I started hearing this music. It wasn’t a song or tune that I recognized. My co-worker Melissa described it best – she said it sounded like a music box. It was also rather loud. My first thought was that some link I had clicked had music on auto-play. I checked my browser real quick, but nothing there. Then I noticed that my phone was lit up. I picked it up and sure enough the music was coming from my phone through the Dog Monitor app. (I know it sounds absolutely crazy and I’m glad that Liz and Melissa heard it as well otherwise I’d probably have myself committed.) The music lasted about a minute. I’ve tried to come up with some rational explanation for it, but I can’t. It was too long to be someone’s cell phone and the monitor wouldn’t have picked up on it unless it was in the apartment. I don’t know how it could have been an electronic in my apartment – the TV would have needed to turn itself on and then off. I tried to put it out of my mind and carry on with my day.

When I got home from work, I decided to straighten my hair. When I sat down at my dressing table, I noticed that there was a crack in the glass on my jewelry box. I sit at that table every day to do my hair and makeup and had not noticed the crack that morning. I remembered that I had taken a picture of my table a few days prior, so I checked the picture. No crack. I looked around the jewelry box. Nothing had fallen on it, at least nothing that was still out of place. I remembered the strange music from earlier in the day and called my friends. And then, instead of straightening my hair at my apartment, I shoved my stuff into a bag and got ready at a friend’s house. I did not want to be in that apartment!

They say bad things come in threes and the third is what made me finally call security. Before my shower last night, I went to put my earrings into my jewelry box. Yes, the one with the broken glass. When I opened the box, I saw that all of the contents had shifted as if someone had picked it up and tilted it. I normally don’t go into this box, so contents should have been organized instead of laying in a heap. The only logical explanation that I could think of was that someone entered my apartment while I was at work…and seriously at this point I prefer the idea of a burglar to a ghost!

So then I had to send the weirdest email of my life…how exactly do you tell someone that your apartment was either broken into (but nothing was taken) or a supernatural being has taken up residence without coming off as crazy?? Luckily security thought it was just as weird as I did and they sent someone over to make sure that my door wasn’t busted or anything. But seriously how crazy is that?! Melissa invited me to sleep over her apartment, but I decided to be brave lazy and stay in my own bed. Lilly’s at my parents’ for the week, so I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t have her to protect me, but I survived the night! Too bad “having a totally freaky experience” wasn’t on The List…could have crossed one more off!

Lilly Billy

On the first day of my last year of college, I wrote a small to do list. What was on it? “Write resume, get job, get apartment, get dog.” Those were my goals for the next year. I eventually did all of those things, although it might have taken me longer than a year.

This was the day I adopted Lilly.

This was the day I adopted Lilly.

My dog Lilly is turning three this month. She’s a dachshund mix and we’re pretty sure “mix” includes beagle and jack russell. She’s the absolute perfect size for apartment living and it makes me so happy to come home to her after a long day of work.

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Of course, Lilly herself isn’t perfect…but I will tell anybody who listens that she is! Lilly came from a shelter and was abused in the past so she’s not the best when she meets new people. Eventually she calms down if I hold her, but if she smells cigarette smoke, all bets are off. Honestly, I’m still learning new things about her every day. She’s scared of the weirdest things…including trash cans.

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Lilly also has Diabetes Insipidus. It’s not your run-of-the-mill Stacey-from-the-Baby-Sitters-Club diabetes. Lilly’s body doesn’t make the hormone/enzyme that processes water so she’ll drink and drink and drink and pee and pee and pee. Luckily they make a synthetic version that I give her twice a day that helps with it, but you can definitely tell when it starts to wear off! I have to be careful when I schedule things – if I don’t give her her medicine, she’ll drink all of the water from her cage bowl and pee in her cage. I’m always worried about if she’s getting dehydrated or if she’s uncomfortable.

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Even if Lilly didn’t have some rare disorder, having a dog is hard work! I keep hoping that one day Lilly will suddenly grasp the concept of the toilet, but she has not. Snowing? Gotta take the dog out. Pouring? Gotta take the dog out. There was just a mugging down the block? Still gotta take the dog out. Dogs can also cost quite a bit of money – just like a person she needs food and medicine and bedding. You should definitely take all of these things into consideration before you decide to get a dog! Remember – different breeds require different things!

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I absolutely love my little weirdo – coming home from work has gotten 10x better now that I have Lilly to greet me! Happy (early) 3rd Birthday Baby Girl!

Looking at the List #8

89. Frame my diplomas.

I always joke that my RIT diploma is the most expensive piece of paper I own. And since that piece of paper arrived at my house, it’s been sitting on a shelf in my dad’s closet. I had every intention of ordering a nice frame, except I didn’t have the money for a nice frame. So then I started saying that I would frame my diploma when I had my first office. Well, now I have two offices and two diplomas and no frames. The frames aren’t any cheaper, but I think I could swing it if I made it a priority.

90. Attend a Maury taping.

There are three things that I’ll watch when I’m home sick: The Price is Right, Law and Order SVU, and Maury. I’ve included my FAVORITE Maury clip ever…make sure you watch it! Anywho – the studio that they tape Maury episodes in is MAYBE a five minute walk from my uncle’s apartment. The Jerry Springer show tapes nearby too. Maybe I’ll take a day off and watch both shows get filmed!

95. Live somewhere with in-unit laundry.

I have trouble doing laundry. I will try to go as long as I can in between loads. It’s not that I hate doing laundry, I really don’t mind it. It’s that I can never find TIME to do laundry. My apartment doesn’t have it’s own washer and dryer so I use my dorm’s laundry room. Pros? I can do multiple loads at one time. Cons? There’s never multiple machines open at one time. Honestly, I would LOVE to be able to throw a load in, go run some errands, come back, and switch my laundry out but I can’t do that because if my laundry is in the machine more than a minute past the buzzer, some student will remove it and put it on the table. I try to do my laundry late at night on the weekends since that’s when most students are out and about. One of the apartments on campus has in-unit laundry and I’m soooo jealous.

101. See five movies in theaters.

I maybe see one movie a year in theaters, so this one might be a bit of a stretch. Seriously. Unless I go to the movies again before the end of the month, the only movie I’ve seen in theaters this year is Gatsby. It’s just so much easier to watch a movie at home. I can eat whatever, I can pause it, I don’t have to put on pants… Since I’m trying to be a more social and outgoing person, I’ve decided seeing five movies in theaters in the next three and a half years shouldn’t be too hard. I even have a gift card to the local theater! Anything good out?

Looking at the List #5

49. Apply to another job.

People keep asking why I have this on my list. This isn’t a goal I have for right this very minute, but at some point before I’m thirty, I would like to (and am pretty sure that I will) apply for a different job. My current job is entry level – most only stay for two or three years. I’m halfway through that already! Co-workers have already started to ask if I’m looking again and I’m not at this moment. It’s weird to think that I might not be here for a third year and that I’m  planning events that someone else will run. Another weird thing – this is the first job in my life that doesn’t have a set “end” date. This is also something a lot of my friends will be going through around the same time, so I’m glad I won’t go through it alone!

52. Visit a neighborhood in NYC that I have not visited before.

Even though I grew up going into Manhattan regularly, it’s a big place and there are plenty of areas I’ve never visited! When I was younger, I’d go wherever my parents wanted to go. As I got older, I sort of created a “routine” for going into the city – head up 5th Ave to Central Park then wander around the Upper East Side. I don’t have any plans to go Manhattan anytime soon, but next time I do, I’ll be sure to ask for suggestions!

53. Buy my dad Yankees tickets for his birthday.

My dad’s really into sports. Football and baseball are his favorites, but he willingly came to hockey games with me all through high school. My dad and I do not see eye-to-eye on football teams (Go Patriots!) but we DO share a favorite baseball team. My dad’s birthday is also just days before baseball season starts. There have been a few years that I’ve looked into getting him tickets for the home opener, but I can’t afford that. Sorry, PJ. However there are a bunch of other games each season that I’m sure he’d be happy to receive tickets for…I also want to see the new stadium…yes that’s how long it’s been since I’ve been to a game.

55. Watch the entire series of “Friends”.

One of my neighbors was really obsessed with the TV show “Friends” when we were in middle school. I watched a few episodes here and there so I had something to contribute to the conversation. She was also obsessed with Backstreet Boys but that was not a path I was willing to travel. I’m sure that I would appreciate the show much more now as a twenty-something. Is it on Netflix? I don’t think it’s on Netflix…that means I have three and a half years to find the DVDs and watch it.